I am developing a custom theme and i like to pass some variables to selected files. I am calling the view files from functions.php.

$var1 = ;
$var2 = ;

//get_template_part('includes/form-views/view','profile');//doesn't work

Now with include it works

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This is essentially scope visibility issue. include brings code into a current scope, function call creates new closed off scope. In get_template_part() only certain WordPress globals are being made available by load_template() call inside.

While the basic answer is to declare your variables as globals, you might want to ponder your overall architecture a bit — this is typically not a good sign in code.

  • do you mean i should avoid using include? I thought i was doing a better architecture by using a view and have a function deciding which view to load.
    – alex
    Oct 7, 2014 at 14:30
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    @alex I mean avoiding relying on globals to pass information around
    – Rarst
    Oct 7, 2014 at 15:04
  • i don't use globals with the include version. At the moment i am trying github.com/Smartik89/SMK-Theme-View/blob/master/functions.php which looks ok. It wraps the load_template function in another function. But it adds more code?
    – alex
    Oct 7, 2014 at 15:22
  • Oh and then you access the variables as $this->var? Clever ...
    – giraff
    Aug 21, 2015 at 12:39

In these cases, I usually use:


In this way, a child theme can override the file.


WordPress 5.5 allows passing $args to get_template_part. Apart from this function there are sets of template function which can now accept arguments.


Please refer more details at: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2020/07/17/passing-arguments-to-template-files-in-wordpress-5-5/

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